Young Leader Conversation with Warren Kleban of Instacart

07.24.2019 // The CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter is excited to present a candid conversation with Warren Kleban, Director of Real Estate and Workplace at Instacart. This episode was recorded at the Young Leaders’ “Lunch with a Leader” event Kleban generously hosted at the company’s San Francisco Headquarters on June, 12, 2019. During the small intimate session Kleban shared reflections on his career including lessons learned during his early days working with startups and anecdotes highlighting his experience effecting change at dynamic and disruptive unicorns.  Happy listening!


2018 CRE Awards Honorees 

12.12.2018 // The CoreNet Northern California Chapter is delighted to bring you the 2018 CRE Awards Honorees podcast! Recorded at Google’s Headquarters this edition features a candid conversation with this year’s award winners, Jay Bechtel, Real Estate Project Executive at Google and Bob McIntire, recently retired Founder and President of NOVA Partners.

Podcast series host, Melissa Pesci AIA, Principal at HGA Architects and Engineers and member of the Chapter Leadership Council, interviewed these two industry leaders asking them thought provoking questions about the lessons they have learned over their long, diverse and distinguished careers. They held little back and provided an insightful look into their respective journeys. Joining in on the discussion as well was John Lucas, Vice President of Global Real Estate & Workplace Services at Juniper Networks.

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Implicit Bias, Women of CoreNet

09.03.18 // The CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter is thrilled to bring our listeners more valuable content on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Recorded just before the Women of CoreNet event which was held at CBRE’s new San Francisco office in Salesforce Tower on July 25, 2018, this program features a conversation with Alexis McGill Johnson, co-founder and executive director of Perception Institute. Johnson’s organization is a consortium of researchers, advocates and strategists that uses cutting-edge mind science to help organizations reduce discrimination linked to race, gender and other identity differences.  


Diversity and Inclusion, Women of CoreNet

03.27.18 // CoreNet Northern California Chapter is especially pleased to offer our listeners this thought-provoking podcast about diversity and inclusion.  Recorded at the Women of CoreNet event held at Palo Alto Networks in Santa Clara on February 28, 2018, it features two extremely dynamic speakers, Cheryl S. Durst, Executive VP & CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Bari A. Williams, Head of Business Operations Management, North America at StubHub.  The casual conversation format of the session created the perfect environment for candor. Consequently, both speakers delved deeply into their personal experiences holding little back! 

While this provided an extra rich learning experience, at times the dialogue included strong language and is, therefore, suitable for mature audiences only.


2017 CRE Award Honorees 

02.05.18 // This podcast features candid discussions with the 2017 CoreNet Northern California CRE Award Honorees Bill Roberts and Michael Casolo. Both Bill and Michael provide insights into their distinguished careers and share valuable lessons they have learned along the way. They also share their thoughts on the future of the CRE industry, and express what winning this prestigious award means to them.


Wellness in the Workplace 

12.17.17 // Wellness in the workplace discussion.This podcast was recorded at the CoreNet Northern California Chapter Young Leaders Event at Whil in San Francisco.  The event featured a panel discussion on wellness initiatives and their impact on corporate culture and the workplace. Moderated by Shaun Lee, Senior Project Manager at Cushman & Wakefield the panel included:

  • Megan White – Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group 
  • Aliza Szolnok – VP, Director of SF Office, ESD Global
  • Priya Premchandran – [e] Team Design & Construction Lead, Google
  • Jun Yoshida – Sr. Regional Wellness Specialist, Linkedin


Tips for Success 

09.25.17 // The CoreNet Northern California Chapter is pleased to bring you the latest in our series of podcasts: Rockstar Young Leaders. This edition features two accomplished young corporate real estate professionals, Michelle Lagos, member of the Client Solutions team at CBRE and Maja Henderson, former Director of Global Facilities at Square who is now a consultant.  Both have been recognized within the industry for contributing at impressively high levels relatively early in their careers and for taking their respective worlds by storm. 

Podcast host, Melissa Pesci AIA, Principal at HGA Architects and Engineers and member of the Chapter Leadership Council interviewed these two dynamic young leaders and asked them to share some of the secrets of their success.  The resulting conversation is chalk full of inspiring insights from their paths and also offers a unique look at some of today’s most pressing issues through the lens of young professionals.


The Potential Impact of Public Policy Changes Under the New Administration  

03.29.17 // This discussion was led by renown political commentator, Scott Schafer, Senior Editor for California Politics and Government KQED Public Media and the host of the popular radio show, California Report. Schafer moderated a distinguished panel including: 

  • The Honorable Scott Wiener, California State Senate, District 11
  • Ted Egan, Chief Economist, San Francisco Office of the Controller
  • Greg Dalton, Producer & Host of Climate One at the Commonwealth Club
  • Matt Regan, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Bay Area Council


Building Technologies and the Future of Productivity

03.29.17 // A discussion focusing on emerging building technologies that are being used in the fields of real estate, construction management, design, and engineering. Moderator by Miles Garber, VP of Research at Polaris Pacific, the dynamic panel included:

  • Robert Teed, Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace at ServiceNow
  • Matt Macko, Founder of stok
  • Hao Ko, Studio Director at Gensler
  • Grant Craig, Associate Principal at PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Kunal Desai, Facilities Engineering Programs Manager for the Northern California portfolio at Google 



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